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October 17-23 is National Teen Driver Safety Week

The spotlight is on teen drivers Oct. 17 – 23 for National Teen Driver Safety Week. 

Young drivers show up in large numbers when it comes to fatal and serious injury crashes. In 2019 in the U.S., 2,042 people were killed in crashes involving teen drivers (age 15- 18), according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

“Speed, impairment, lack of seat belt use and distraction continue to be the leading causes of teen crashes," Jody Raska, ODOT Driver Education Program Manager said.

Approved, formal driver education saves lives. ODOT has information online for both parents and young drivers (Why Drive with Ed?), including a list of approved driver education providers. NHTSA also offers tips to parents on how to talk to their teens about these issues. 

Read the full ODOT New Release

List of ODOT-Approved Driver Education Providers​

ODOT-Approved providers deliver courses that are standardized and evaluated by the Oregon Department of Transportation. If your teen completes one of these courses, they may go to the DMV with their driver education certificate of completion and proof of 50 hours of practice time to take their driving test. Teens who do not complete an ODOT-Approved course must show proof of 100 hours of practice time before they can take their drive test.

​Approved Driver Education Program FAQs

​ODOT-Approved providers​ issue a course completion card that waives the Class C drive test at DMV for eligible students who are under 18 years of age when they complete the course. The completion card is valid for a test waiver at DMV for two years after issuance. Please check with the driver education provider to see if you are eligible for a completion card that waives the DMV test.

​Oregon DMV has a teen driving page with information about getting a permit or license. Manuals and forms are also available on the web page.

Oregon DMV Teen Driving webpage

For a full listing of available materials please visit the Transportation Safety Division Printed Media page.

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Jody Raska
Driver Education Program Manager
Mary DeFerrari
Quality Assurance Specialist

Transportation Safety Office
ODOT-TLC Building, MS 3
4040 Fairview Industrial Drive SE
Salem, OR 97302-1142  

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